Last night I made a list of what I'd like to accomplish before Christmas. I find that I work much "smarter" when I can see my goals in writing. I LOVE striking them off the list one-by-one as each gets done. Hopefully I can stick to it without too many distractions.
- Wrap Christmas gifts for my sewing buddies to exchange at our Wednesday night Christmas dinner.
- Wrap secret pal gift and put it in the mail on Monday...or Tuesday, depending on how much snow falls.
- Cut out and piece blocks for my new quilt design.
- Continue piecing French braid borders for Darlene's mystery quilt.
Finish sewing the binding on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
I started cutting and hand piecing the hexie flowers about four years ago using the English paper piecing method.
Because of the HUGE amount of hand work involved, I knew when I started that it would be a long WIP (Work In Progress) so I didn't agonize about the fact that I had a lingering UFO (Un-Finished Object). For those of you that know me, I'm obsessed about NOT finishing what I start, so this long term project was really a stretch for me.
When we moved to Nova Scotia three years ago and subsequently found out that I had cancer, I put it away and had forgotten all about it until one day early last Spring I found it "hiding" in an antique basket in the dormer storage area in my sewing studio. I was smitten once again and made a promise to myself to have it finished by the end of this past Summer.
Just last week it was returned to me by my friend and professional longarm quilter, Alice. I am never disappointed with Alice's amazing free motion quilting skills. Thanks again for another great job, my friend!
Here is my version of the traditional, timeless and ever-so-popular Grandmother's Flower Garden, quilted and bound! I love it!
The quilt is made from 100% cotton, 1930's feedsack reproduction fabrics and measures 83" x 66"...and it's for sale in my Etsy shop which you can link to HERE.
Oh, and by the way, it's snowing! My dreams for a white Christmas have been realized!